News Releases for 2023


Council Member Cathcart Supports Practical Rental Housing Ordinance

Feb. 28 at 7:58 a.m. - Council Member Cathcart urges caution and more thoughtfulness on supplementary ordinance.

Mayor Renews Concern About Housing Impacts

Feb. 28 at 7:54 a.m. - Ordinances passed by Council may serve to decrease rental availability

Council Updates Regulations of City's Residential Rental Housing

Feb. 28 at 7:53 a.m. - On Monday night, Council considered updates to the City’s residential rental housing regulations.

Council Passes "Pavement to People: A Downtown Housing Incentive"

Feb. 28 at 7:50 a.m. - Spokane City Council voted to approve ordinance C36357 to increase housing on downtown surface parking lots.

Northside House Fire Stopped Quickly By Firefighters

Feb. 27 at 8:31 a.m. - SFD swiftly responded to a 911 report of a potential house fire on the 4600 North block of Whitehouse Street.

Suspicious Death Leads To Two Arrests

Feb. 27 at 8:29 a.m. - Suspicious death in Elk, WA leads to two arrests in Spokane

Listening, Working Together Is the Way Forward

Feb. 23 at 3:46 p.m. - Woodward urges finding common ground, respect during State of the City Address

Fire Sprinklers Extinguish Fire in Apartment

Feb. 23 at 10:56 a.m. - SFD was notified of a fire in the Agnes Kehoe Apartments located in the 5300 Block of North Regal Street.

Flags Lowered For Fallen Correctional Officer Jay Miller

Feb. 22 at 8:17 a.m. - Flags lowered to half-staff

Council Members Listen to Feedback on Central Location for City Hall

Feb. 21 at 10:13 a.m. - Council members are committed to the City’s continued investment in the downtown core.

City to Resume Yard Waste Curbside Pickup Feb. 27

Feb. 20 at 10:32 a.m. - Yard waste, food scraps and some paper items accepted.

SPD Responds To a Suspicious Death

Feb. 16 at 8:34 a.m. - SPD’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) responds to a suspicious death

SFD Makes Quick Stop of West Central House Fire

Feb. 15 at 4:02 p.m. - SFD was alerted to smoke coming from a residence located in the 2800-block of North Lincoln Street.

Riverfront Seeks Naming Rights Partner for U.S. Pavilion

Feb. 14 at 4:57 p.m. - Riverfront Park is seeking an exclusive naming rights partner for the iconic Expo '74 U.S. Pavilion

Attempted Carjacking in Downtown Spokane

Feb. 14 at 4:46 p.m. - Attempted carjacking Downtown results in a quick arrest by SPD officers

SPD Seeking Assistance Locating Endangered Missing Adult

Feb. 14 at 11:46 a.m. - SPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an endangered missing adult

Presidents' Day Is a Parking Meter Holiday

Feb. 13 at 8:40 a.m. - Garbage pickup on normal schedule

SPD Major Crimes Unit Investigating a Homicide

Feb. 10 at 1:51 p.m. - Welfare check leads to SPD Major Crimes Unit investigating a homicide

E 7th homicide investigation

Feb. 9 at 8:10 a.m. - One dead, two injured in shooting near Liberty Park

Suspect with Violent History Arrested For Downtown Assault

Feb. 6 at 12:35 p.m. - Suspect with violent history arrested for Downtown assault.

Couple Arrested for Shoplifting

Feb. 3 at 8:36 a.m. - Couple arrested for shoplifting more than $20,000 of merchandise.

Quick Stop of an Early Morning Residential Fire

Feb. 1 at 8:15 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to the report of an apartment fire in the 900 Block E Augusta Avenue.


Man Convicted of a Second Murder

Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. - Man convicted of a second murder; had previously been convicted of killing ex-wife

Council President Addresses Community Conversations on Police Reform

Jan. 31 at 3:46 p.m. - City Council President Breen Beggs has issued a statement as a response to ongoing Community Conversation on Police Reform.

City Asks Residents for Input on Long-Term Housing Solutions

Jan. 31 at 12:44 p.m. - Everyone’s Housing Journey is Different – Tell Us About Yours

Quick Stop of an Early Morning Residential Fire

Jan. 30 at 12:27 p.m. - SFD was dispatched to the report of a house on fire in the 500 Block of West Glass Avenue.

SPD Seeking Help Locating Missing Vulnerable Adult

Jan. 30 at 12:26 p.m. - Update: Bryan has been located by SPD and is safe

SPD Conducts Downtown Drug Emphasis

Jan. 30 at 12:23 p.m. - SPD conducts drug enforcement emphasis Downtown, arrests 5

Spokane listening, learning from Memphis incident

Jan. 27 at 2:24 p.m. - Mayor, police chief looking for lessons for Spokane

Juvenile Arrested for Carrying BB Gun On School Grounds

Jan. 27 at 2:14 p.m. - Juvenile arrested for carrying BB gun on school grounds

SPD Seeking Help Identifying Suspect

Jan. 27 at 1:39 p.m. - SPD asking for public’s assistance in identifying suspect who abandoned guns and drugs in stolen vehicle

Riverfront Park Debuts New Looff Carrousel Ring Toss, 50% off Jan. 27

Jan. 25 at 5:33 p.m. - Riverfront guests are invited to try out a colorful new interactive carrousel ring toss, designed and donated by local software firm IntelliTect.

Hiring Open House This Saturday

Jan. 25 at 1:49 p.m. - The Spokane Fire Department is holding a Hiring Open House on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Civilians Rescued from Vehicle vs. House Collision

Jan. 24 at 11:38 a.m. - Around 11:56 PM, January 23, 2023, SFD responded to the 7100 Block of North Fleming Street to a 911 report of a collision involving a vehicle

SPD responds to three violent assaults within hours of each other

Jan. 24 at 11:03 a.m. - On January 22, 2023, at about 4:00 pm, Downtown officers investigated a stabbing which occurred in the 900 block of W. Main Ave

Flags at Half-Staff Honoring the Monterey Park Shooting Victims

Jan. 23 at 1:37 p.m. - Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset, Jan. 26

Air 1 Assists SPD in the Arrest of a Convicted Felon

Jan. 23 at 8:24 a.m. - The Spokane Regional Air Support Unit assists SPD in arresting a driver who fled from police

Council Members Voting To Defer Landlord-Tenant Ordinance

Jan. 23 at 8:13 a.m. - The Landlord-Tenant Ordinance 36330 has been deferred until February.

Attached Garage Fire Prevented from Damaging Home

Jan. 23 at 8:09 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to the 6600 Block of North Victor Street to a 911 call reporting a garage on fire.

SPD's Major Crimes Unit Investigating a Possible Murder-Suicide

Jan. 23 at 8:07 a.m. - Medical call leads to SPD’s Major Crimes Unit investigating a possible murder-suicide

Flags Lowered For Fire Captain Charles Cate

Jan. 20 at 5:06 p.m. - Flags lowered to half-staff

SPD's Violent Crimes Task Force Arrests Two Suspects

Jan. 20 at 1:27 p.m. - SPD’s Violent Crimes Task Force seizes a large amount of drugs and money with the arrest of two suspects

Woodward Appoints Office of Neighborhood Services Director

Jan. 17 at 11:58 a.m. - City Council expected to consider confirmation Jan. 23

Firefighters Quickly Stop House Fire in Shadle Neighborhood

Jan. 17 at 9:40 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to a reported house on fire in the 4800 Block of North Adams Street.

Destruction Prevented from Fire in Vinegar Flats Neighborhood

Jan. 17 at 9:39 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to a citizen report of a structure on fire at 2116 South Inland Empire Way.

Spokane Police Department Arrests Father for Daughter's Death

Jan. 13 at 11:33 a.m. - SPD arrests father for daughter’s death

Snapshot Count of Homeless Set for Jan. 24-29

Jan. 12 at 12:48 p.m. - Volunteers needed for program that generates homeless services funds

SPD Makes Arrest in July Homicide

Jan. 11 at 4:45 p.m. - SPD makes arrest in July homicide

City Closures Planned For MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 10 at 9:49 a.m. - Garbage and recycling pickup on normal schedule

Woodward Hires Moss as Human Resources Director

Jan. 10 at 7:52 a.m. - Moss brings private, public experience, scheduled to start in February

Council Votes In Favor Of Resolution 2023-0001

Jan. 10 at 7:51 a.m. - Council votes in favor of resolution establishing a process for leasing the former East Central Library and continuing neighborhood police precinct.

Community Invited to Rental Housing Town Hall

Jan. 9 at 4:47 p.m. - Listening session scheduled from 5-7 pm Tuesday

No Injuries, Evening Apartment Fire

Jan. 9 at 8:08 a.m. - SFD was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 1724 West 8th Avenue on Spokane's Lower South Hill.

SPD Arrests Man Who Randomly Attacked People Around Spokane

Jan. 5 at 4:41 p.m. - SPD arrests man who attacked 6 people in seemingly unprovoked, random assaults

City Applies $5.1 Million To Utility Customers

Jan. 5 at 1:33 p.m. - First round of funding relief will appear on accounts impacted by pandemic.

SPD Seeking Public's Help To Identify Bank Robber

Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. - SPD seeking public’s help to identify bank robber

Potential Explosive Device at Sacred Heart Medical Center

Jan. 4 at 4:50 p.m. - SPD’s Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) is currently investigating an incident at Sacred Heart Medical Center

Shadle Area Home Saved

Jan. 4 at 8:15 a.m. - January 3, 2023, SFD responded to the 2800 Block of West Rowan Avenue on a report of an appliance fire.

E 7th Homicide Investigation

Jan. 3 at 9:21 a.m. - SPD investigating fatal shooting in East Central neighborhood.